(Closed) Photographer package costs more than just adding hours? Help me choose!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think u would have the option of getting a two hour package and then adding on two hours. U would be required to get the four hour package. I assume their individual hour rate is there in case an even runs way behind and the photographer is asked to stay to shoot the whole event past the contracted package time. Or for the events that are three hours versus four hours or five hours versus six. If u know how long u want the photog for, and u know it is four hours, ull prob have to pay the package price.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Looking at both website, I defintely feel that Katherine is the better photographer. Quality wise, I would go with her hands down. 

With Katherine, is there anything that’s included in the higher up packages aside from time to make it more expensive? I know, for example, with my packages the bigger package is going to be higher than adding the hourly rate but there is also usually some other form of product included. However, even with the product it’s still cheaper than adding ALL those items from a-la-carte.

I feel like there’s GOT to be something else included in her 4 hour package, that kind of jump just doesn’t make sense when she lists her additional hourly rate at $300. 

It’s hard to tell if 4 hours will be enough, because that all depends on your wedding. I shoot a lot of 4 hour weddings each year, but I’m also a beach photographer and many of our weddings here are a bit more casual and just don’t need that much time. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@kayberry:  Your wedding sounds awesome! My brother was SO close to doing a Destination Wedding in Costa Rica (I was stoked to be there to shoot it!) but her family decided they wouldn’t travel. 🙁

What I get in 4 hours depends on how they allocate their time, and also the timeline of the day. For example, I’ve had some people time my arrival right before the ceremony, so I’m getting the ceremony, family formals, and a little of the reception. I have others who are having small weddings (with really not much reception) and they’ll have me for getting ready, ceremony, formals, and maybe a tad of the guests mingling. 

I live in a resort area, so most of my clients are planning DW’s here. I do shoot a lot of 2 hour packages each year, it’s just the nature of DW’s. Usually with 2 hours it’s ceremony, formals, and maybe a tad of getting ready. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You have to remember that each hour of shooting means a few additional hours of editing – the more hours the more photos the more editing. So the photographer is putting in a lot more than 2 hours and that’s what is going into that price difference. I paid about $3500 for 9 hours which included an engagement shoot but saw a lot of photographers in the area who had $3500 for 6-7 hours with no engagement shoot. So yours is not too out of the ordinary, but you may want to shop around a little bit more if it’s that far out of your budget.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

You also should consider whether the cost is for a lone photog or a team.  Teams are common now and could explain the high cost.  There is also no reason you couldn’t try to negotiate a lesser cost.

just playing with numbers in my head…if a single photog can get 3000 a wedding for say 6 hours and does a wedding a weekend that’s 12000 a month gross.  Even if it takes 4 hours of edit per hour of shoot, that’s a 30 hour work week for a  six figure annual income. I.understand there are expenses, we all have them in our professions..upgrading and fixing equipment..insurance etc, but  still…seems very lucrative to me even at 2 weddings a month. Sorry, bit of a high jack but bothering me.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@Stoich Here is a great thread about that topic here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/why-is-wedding-photography-soooo-expensive#axzz2T04beZQt

@kayberry we charge more per hour then we do in our package price. It’s because if it’s planned out before I know I am working it’s all dandy, but if the bride wants me their for additional to the contracted time then I scramble and take on the work last min. My babysitter also charges a premium for staying past her scheduled time as well so It cost me more to stay last min. I think you should get the contract for the hours you think you need.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Oh I think I read it wrong… Her package cost more than just adding hours? I would have her clarify because that doesn’t seem right.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@Stoich:  No – you probably don’t truly understand what the expenses are of being in business as a photographer.  Not many people do.

 

@kayberry:  I’m confused just reading how you are describing that.  But in general 4 hours is not enough time to tell a story of someone’s wedding, so it sort of depends on what your timeline is and what your expectations are as far as photography goes.  

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@kayberry:  You seem to be looking at photographers who are located all over the country.  I’d suggest starting with photographers who are in Costa Rica where you’re having your wedding so you’re not paying their travel expenses.  You only have one potential photographer from there listed.  Surely in the entire country there might be some other possibilities.

Unless you find a photographer who’s going to be in Costa Rica anyway or who lives there, whatever they charge, you’ll be paying that plus their travel expenses.  Airfare and hotel adds up quickly and you might find that uping your budget to a $3-4k photographer in Costa Rica would be less money and a better package than a less expensive package with the travel expenses of another photographer.  Something to think about.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Stoich:  no photographer shoots a wedding each weekend. Our shoots 25/ year. Multiply that by 3000 and then the fact that after expenses the industry standard is to net 40% of your gross. Really no more than an average office worker. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

@Atlanticbride:  I Imagine it is unusual to book a wedding every weekend.  Friends of mine who are amazing photographers find the part time nature of their preferred profession frustrating.  They have to do other work in order to make ends meet. My point is that i find it frustrating to hear photographers justify rates based on their cost or time. Photography is an artform and like most art, the value lies in the amount that the consumer is willing to pay.  

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